Liverpool could be without Mo Salah for start of 2021/22 season as Egypt include winger in preliminary squad for Olympics

Recent actions on the part of Egypt could mean that Mohamed Salah misses the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

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Covid-19, of course, impacted numerous sporting events last year.

Two of the most notable, Euro 2020 and the Olympics, have since been reschedule for this summer.

Football (soccer) is always an event at every Olympics, with Brazil taking home the gold back in 2016.

Each country’s squads for said tournaments is made up of under-23 stars and then three senior players.

And Egypt have now included Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as one of their three overaged stars in their preliminary squad.

Egypt’s under-23 coach, Shawky Gharib, confirmed the news recently, stating they will hold official talks with Liverpool about the decision after the next international break this month:

“Egypt Under-23s team’s preliminary squad will be led by Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Shennawi alongside another goalkeeper.

“Salah is currently one of the most important players in the world and it’s normal to call him for Egypt’s Olympic squad.

“We will start the official talks with Liverpool after the international break next March.”

Liverpool could lose Salah for start of 2021/22

So, if Salah is indeed chosen to represent his country in Tokyo, Liverpool could well be without their star man for the start of the forthcoming Premier League campaign.

As per the Liverpool Echo:

With the Olympics scheduled to take place in Tokyo between Friday 23 July and Sunday 8 August, Salah would miss some of Liverpool’s pre-season and the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

An official start date for the 2021/22 PL campaign is yet to be announced.

But in campaigns not impacted by Covid-19, the English top-flight usually kicks off on the 2nd weekend of August, with 2019/20’s season starting on Friday the 9th of August. Meaning we could well see the PL season begin on or around the 7th of August this year, which of course overlaps with the Olympics.

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